To say this year’s event was a success would be a colossal understatement. Buddstock 2013 was “a house concert on steroids!” There was food, beverages, a stage area with lighting, an opening act, and a “meet and greet” — whenever the musicians weren’t performing. Plus, the event raised over $500 for charity (the Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) and their Pen Pal program) and offered one young boy the incredible opportunity to become an honorary member of the Livin the Blues Band!
A few of the key players (Budd Robertson, Keni Lee Burgess, Mark Jacobs, and Hap Moore) graciously agreed to share some of their thoughts about this memorable evening.
Budd Robertson (event originator): “I looked out at my clean and tidy backyard and wondered if it had all just been a dream. Buddstock — not my idea for a name — is just two guys who love music and who love to throw a good party. Larry Niedt’s lighting is simply astonishing and gives the event it’s magic. I hustle the donations and provide my home. We were so fortunate to have BOTH Keni Lee Burgess and the Livin the Blues Band.”
Keni Lee Burgess (warm up/intermission entertainment): “As a Busker (street performer) who performs on the New York City subway platforms and various other legal venues, it is a refreshing pleasure to play at a house party. Unlike a commercial gig, a house party has an atmosphere of a casual family barbecue, laid back, close up, and personal. Plus, there’s lots of time to talk to the guests, too.”
Hap Moore (guitarist for LTBB): “This is the band’s second Buddstock and I am already looking forward to the third. The difference between this and most places we play is that the people come to Buddstock to really hear us and appreciate what we do. One of our fans traveled all the way from Delaware. Now, that’s dedication!”
Mark Jacobs (bass player for LTBB): “It was a great, receptive crowd. Humid as hell! Budd is an excellent host, but it took him 2 hours to get me my Margarita! Larry the Lightman was excellent, as usual. And, Keni was great to hear and wonderful to talk to, he’s a very interesting guy. The band did a nice job because we were energized by Budd, the crowd, little Charlie playing guitar with Hap, and the donations going to the dog charity.”
Hap: “It was nice to be on the same bill with Keni Lee Burgess. We have recorded and played live together, but this is the first time we both could watch each other in our elements. He is a true Delta Master and I always learn something new every time I see him.”
Keni Lee: “Livin The Blues Band is a fiery, fun, and engaging bar band. You are really part of their show. I believe this was a great pairing. When I played, the guests mingled and enjoyed some snacks, and when the band played, it was Show Time!”
Hap: “The show, itself, was a blast! It was tough for an old guy like me to really give a great performance when the humidity was 90% and the lights were a tad hot. My fingers were actually sticking to the fret board and the back of the guitar neck, so playing felt like pushing a tank up hill. But I shouldn’t be complaining, my drummer, Tom Nagle, had it the roughest. I thought, if Tom is not going to complain or pass out, well, neither am I! The show must go on! It did and I think we did a great job!”
Budd: “Most of the people who came to the show did not have a clue about the level of talent and professionalism these bluesmen were bringing. I was the only person who knew what was in store that Saturday night of the Labor Day weekend. It’s a great thrill when you turn a friend on to some great music! I hope Keni Lee Burgess and the Livin The Blues Band now have many, many new fans!”